I've always had lots of pets but my mom drew the line at birds and snakes. Now I have my own house and I was thinking of venturing into the world of birds by getting some buttonquail. Then upon arrival of my hovabator I immediately started thinking "What fun stuff could I hatch from this?" and decided I'd like to try keeping some bantams. I really like the btw japanese bantams. The main thing I need to figure out is housing. I live in Iowa where it can get to -20F in the winter. I'm actually renting and so while I can use the land (80acres in total) however I want I would prefer not to build anything permanent. I also would prefer to have any chickens (I'd love to have guinea fowl but not ready for those yet) as loose as possible. Not pens I have to build, clean, and maintain. Exactly how free is "free range"? Can I just build a small plywood structure for shelter and turn them loose in the backyard during the summer (~1000' of 4 1/2' high fencing)? In the winter I do have a full basement that stays above 60F but it is rather damp. Could I keep them there in cages or pens for the 3-4months out of the year we are frozen solid? My backup plan is a really old barn but it's full of stuff and hasn't been used in 10+ years. Would take a lot of work and I'd have to clear it with the owner along with finding another place to store the stuff that's in it.